Ex-NFL lineman Jonathan Martin released from mental health facility after alleged threats

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Former NFL offensive lineman Jonathan Martin pleaded not guilt to making criminal threats and carrying a loaded firearm. (AP)
Former NFL offensive lineman Jonathan Martin pleaded not guilt to making criminal threats and carrying a loaded firearm. (AP)

Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin has been released from a mental health facility almost two months after allegedly threatening violence against his former high school and ex-NFL teammates, according to court documents obtained by TMZ Sports. He is due in court next week.

Martin must wear a GPS and alcohol-monitoring device on his ankle, attend an outpatient treatment program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. five days a week and stay away from Harvard-Westlake high school, the Miami Dolphins and former teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey, according to the report.

Incognito and Pouncey, along with Dolphins teammate John Jerry, subjected Martin to “a pattern of harassment” in “a classic case of bullying,” according to an NFL investigation into the 2013 scandal. Incognito, Pouncey and two of Martin’s Harvard-Westlake teammates were named in a Feb. 23 Instagram post in which the since-retired lineman shared a photo of a shotgun and several shells.

“When you’re a bully victim & a coward,” Martin wrote, “your options are suicide, or revenge.”


The social media post, which came less than a week after the mass shooting at Florida’s Stoneman Douglas High School, prompted Harvard-Westlake to close for the day as police searched for Martin. He was reportedly in possession of a 12-gauge shotgun, a knife and an axe when police detained him.

Martin checked into a mental health facility after the Instagram post. He will face four charges of making criminal threats and one for possessing a loaded firearm when he appears in court on April 25.

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